U.S. Navy Ships in WWII Dazzle Camouflage 1944-1945


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Mahan & Dunlap Classes

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for DD-364

Design 23D

for DD-364

Design Number Silhouette Ships Wearing Design
for DD-364
Measure 31
Mahan (DD-364)Drayton (DD-366)
Flusser (DD-368)Case (DD-370)
Smith (DD-378)

Measure 32
Cummings (DD-365)Lamson (DD-367)
Reid (DD-369)Conyngham (DD-371)

Drawing 31/23D for the Mahan class destroyers dated April 13, 1944. The vertical colors were dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and haze gray (5-H); substituting light gray for haze gray would make this Measure 32. Note how the pattern on the bow wraps around, even though the bow and stern views were both blank.

Design 23D was derived from a Measure 16 pattern dated June 1942. The design drawing for Buckley class destroyer escorts was dated March 8, 1944. Design 23D was drawn again for Admirable class minesweepers on May 5, 1944. Also on May 18, 1944, the Design 23D drawing was reissued for the destroyer Cassin, rebuilt after Pearl Harbor, but both starboard and port bow patterns had been extensively modified even though the design number remained the same; there is no evidence whether Cassin used this modified design.

Original drawing source: NARA 80-G-172527 and 80-G-172529.